The Voyage: Roz Savage
Deja vu: Rita Savage
13 Dec 2006

At this time last year Roz was rowing the Atlantic. From time to time she had problems with her electronics and was unable to put her message on her website. In a phone call she would ask me to do it for her.
This is happening again - not because she is rowing, but because her computer is ailing. She has asked me to mention that the Geographical Magazine (Royal Geographical Society) for this month, December, has an item on page 101 entitled "Explorer's Essentials" written by her. It is a list of 10 items that were invaluable to her on her voyage across the Atlantic. Her Kakadu golf gloves are at number 6 on the list. The picture shown with that article is this one of Gloves with Holes.

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Sedna Has Arrived!
13 Dec 2006, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

After a lengthy spell gadding about in the Caribbean, at last Sedna has arrived in Miami. She got there on Tuesday night. I don't know yet what shape she is in after all her travels, but at least it seems she still exists and her container didn't fall overboard en route.

So now she will be cleared through customs and once anybody deigns to get back to me with a price quote, I'll get her shipped over to San Francisco. I'm hoping she may get there before I go back to the Bay Area from 15 to 20 January so I can assess her condition, but given her sedate rate of progress so far, and with Christmas coming up, I'm rather doubtful...

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Seasonal Tips for a Green Christmas
11 Dec 2006, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

A friend pointed me in the direction of Tip the Planet, a green website bulging with quick tips on how be live a greener life.

There's all kinds of useful information there, including how to have a greener Christmas, what fish are being overfished to the point of extinction, and even how to clean your shoes with a banana skin(??!).

It may all sound like small stuff when you look at the scale of the issue, but every little bit helps.

Meanwhile, I'm finding it hard to get in the Christmas spirit here in Mexico, where it's 90 degrees in the shade...

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On the Move at Last?
10 Dec 2006, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

I'm trying not to get too excited, but it looks like Jangada may at last be on the move. Despairing of ever getting the parts we needed in Mexico, or at least parts that a) worked and b) didn't have a 30% markup) Eric went on a 24-hour dash to Los Angeles to get autopilot, radio, voltage regulators and all the other electricals and cabling that we needed.

Despite having a carry-on bag full of bomb-like-looking equipment (and a bottle of tequila) he somehow made it through airport securityin the States and through the green channel of customs in Mexico.

After a long and stressful saga of unhelpful shop staff, warehouse-key-holders being on vacation, parts that should exist proving not to exist, and those that did exist being defective, our luck may at last have turned. Two weeks after we arrived in Mexico, we may actually get out sailing!

But there has at least been a silver lining to the cloud. I've been making good progress with my book, and through sea-kayaking, brisk walks and body circuits on the dock (to the bemusement of the locals) I've been improving my fitness as well. I could use the extreme heat and the unsettled circumstances as an excuse not to exercise, but excuses will be no good to me when I'm out on the Pacific.

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